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Event Report: Rock The Boat - Lock and Key Party 2017

Thursday August 10, 2017

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In case you missed our boat party this year I’m going to give you a quick run down including some behind the scenes info of our best boat party to date.

That’s right, our best boat party yet. But don’t worry, there’s always next time, plans are already afoot!

The boat party is not only my favourite event to host but it seems to be your favourite to attend with all 250 tickets selling out, and the vast majority within the first month of release!

Next time we might just need a bigger boat.

As always, the Golden Jubilee (the boat) leaves at 14:00 and as always the Original Dating staff are there bright and early setting up for the party.

Now I’ve been on twitter all week bragging about the weather and just as we stopped for a sandwich the heavens opened up and unleashed a mighty fury in the form of rain, raindrops that were big enough to pop our balloons!

With early arrivals sheltering under the walkway, and the boat not quite stocked or ready to let them on, this wasn’t sitting well with us, only an hour before opening the doors.

We didn’t panic, after all  we all knew what London weather was like. We had faith the sun would shine again, and our faith was restored as the 30-minute downpour finally called time and the sun broke through the clouds and shined broke through.

The time came to let passengers on board. Myself, new recruit Joshua (the boys a natural) and the team began to sign everyone in and it wasn’t long before we we were sailing gentle away from Temple.

It seemed that faith in the London weather had also not been misplaced by our guests and iPhone weather apps heralding 22 degrees was enough to get us all on that boat and rightly so.

With our original route taking us down to the O2 Arena then back up and past parliament no longer desirable due to the dark rain clouds that had not long ago been right above our heads.

The skipper decided to chase the sun, searching for clear sky and what a job he did. It was glorious.

With everyone out on the back deck soaking up the sunshine and meeting and  chatting or inside on the top deck soaking up the amazing atmosphere, the boat was well and truly rocking, and both bars getting well used!

As always our locks and keys create our main ice breaker for the event.

The ladies receive a padlock on arrival and the gents get keys if the key opens the padlock, that’s what we call a match, and you come see us for a new key and padlock but also get a prize draw ticket for later.

You then carry on meeting new people and unlocking padlocks to get as many raffle tickets as possible. Now despite the rumors flying around the boat (don’t know where they came from) there was no trip for two to Paris on the Euro star but we did have some great prizes on the day.

This year seen the most matches at a boat party ever with just under 200 raffle tickets going out to you lovely people. That’s a sure sign that people are mingling like crazy!     

When we weren’t handing out raffle tickets, exchanging padlocks or introducing people it was lovely to have a catch up with you all and it was lovely for us to see everyone having so much fun, which also means we have so much fun as well.

The immediate feedback on the day was incredible, we’re very happy and hope next year is even better!

Thanks to everyone who attended. Of course, if you were there and have any feedback please do get in touch and until next year why not come along to our

next party and continue to meet people offline, the sociable and old-fashioned way.

Or in other words, the way that really works!


Next party date coming soon.


Stuart is one of our regular hosts and over the years has become something of an expert in dating. Watch out for his regular posts full of dating tips and advice.




The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.